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Important Questions to Ask Your Moving Company

Important Questions to Ask Your Moving Company

Important Questions to Ask Your Moving Company

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Choosing reputable movers is a big decision that greatly impacts a person’s wallet. It also affects a person’s sense of peace during a move. Relocating is a life changing experience. Especially if you are doing so for the very first time. It is one of the major transitions that a person makes in their life. It should be handled with utmost caution. Changes have never been easy for anyone. This means that it is important for you to find a reputable moving company. This will go a long way in ensuring that your transition to a new home is handled as stress-free as possible. But how do you go about finding the right movers? Finding a good moving company will require some efforts on your part. It is important for you to interview a number of companies before committing to any. There are many important questions to ask your moving company. Finding the right movers will make your move not only easy but also comfortable. This will come in handy if you are moving from one state to another. Important questions to ask your moving company:

  • Is it possible for you to provide me with a binding quote?

According to law, everyone is entitled to a binding quote. This is a set price that cannot be exceeded. It is based on the pre-established scope of work. To obtain a binding quote, the moving company will have to send a certified assessor to your home for him or her to inspect your possessions. Once you have received a quote, the highest cost of your moving job is established. This explains why this is one of the most important questions to ask your moving company.

  • Does your company belong to any association of movers or storage?

Moving and storage companies that belong to a form of movers association for storage or movers experts indicates a sense of dedication in what they do. It also shows a sense of professionalism. One of the associations is AMSA, which helps its members to maximize their customer satisfaction. They do this by making compliance with federal laws related to moving. This means that you will be guaranteed the best service. A moving company that is a member in such associations can be taken to mean that they operate in a manner that ensures the rights of the consumers are protected.

  • Will I be dealing with your employees or an independent contractor or sub-contractors?

This is an extremely important question that you should know from your chosen mover. It is better to deal with companies that hire full time employees to work as their movers. Companies who hire their own moving workforce. A loyal workforce is more likely to manage your move well. The happier you will be with their work.  Giving a pleasant the feedback to their bosses and this is what they want. Avoid companies that use independent contractors or even subcontractors. These are transient workers who are hardly dedicated to their job.  Having very little at stake as far as their careers in moving is concerned. You may face responsibility if one of the workers is injured during the move. Especially if the sub-contractors or contractors do not have enough workers’ compensation insurance.

How will you handle special and fragile items in my home?

If you have fragile items in your house such as valuables and antiques, it is advisable to ask how such items will be handled during the move. Flat screen televisions, heirloom furniture, front load washers, dryers, mattresses with memory foam or other elements. From the response that your estimator provides, you will be in a position to establish how experienced the movers are. This will give you an opportunity to give your suggestions on how some of your items should be moved. This is particularly important because some items are completely irreplaceable. No amount of insurance can bring back an important piece that has been passed down over several generations. In any case, the more you understand your moving company, the better it will be for you.

These are some of the important questions to ask your moving company. It is important for you to gather as much information as possible from any movers before reaching any form of agreement. This will go a long way in finding the best New York movers.

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Moving In A Hurry

Moving is an important event in anyone’s life and it consumes a lot of time, effort and energy. There are many important factors to consider when planning a move, to ensure things go smoothly and efficiently. Some people, will have the luxury of time on their hands to tread slowly and carefully, others won’t be as fortunate. It is a well-known fact to many who have relocated homes or offices in the past, that planning a move requires strategy and a well thought out blueprint.

But what if you are unexpectedly moving in a hurry, which seems to be the more likely case nowadays, as we are always on the move. Not having the luxury of a month or a week to plan your move, are you doomed for a stressful and agonizing process? The answer to this question will vary depending on your course of action and with these helpful tips you will undoubtedly have the same odds of a smooth relocation as the person with plenty of time on their hands.

When moving in a hurry, the first cardinal rule to consider is the exact time you have, whether a day or two. Map out your precious time carefully with everything that needs to be done within this time frame. You may allocate each date on a calendar or a notebook page for each day you have until moving day and things to be done. Now that you have a physical map of time to execute your move, you must focus on getting it all done efficiently in a timely manner.

  • Enlisting the help of professional movers is essential in any relocation process, especially the ones on a limited time frame. They can do professionally a lot of work that most people are not accustomed to perform. Professional movers are vastly trained in properly disassembling, packing and loading your items to be safely transported. Upon request, movers come with their own packing and moving supplies, saving you additional headache of having to acquire them on your own, if you even have the luxury of time to do so.

Noting that you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, choosing the right mover is still an essential factor, as choosing the wrong movers can make an already tense situation into a nightmare. We live in a time where information is available to us at a single click of a mouse button. Utilize this source and research a few local moving companies, this won’t take up too much of your time but will further ensure a stress-free relocation process. Most reputable moving companies are equipped to accommodating last minute moves. Make arrangements with the company of your choice to lock in the date and time of your move.

  • Now that you hired professional movers and eliminated half of your to do list, focus on the aspects you personally have to take care of. Make sure to be the one to pack and transport all of your valuables, such as jewelry and heirlooms, do not leave this task for the movers. When performing any move taking extra precautions are essential. Valuables tend to get misplaced or in worst cases, lost. You do not want the 100-year-old vase that your Aunt gave you on your wedding day to go missing.
  • Be sure to also pack a survival kit of essentials you will need for the first night at your new home. Going through all the boxes and finding what you need is time consuming, and after a long move day you may want to relax rather than go looking for bed sheets to sleep on or utensils to eat with.
  • This way you will recharge and start fresh the next day, because unpacking is a lengthy process and just as stressful experience as moving itself. Last but not least, transfer all of your mail to your new address and make sure to cancel all of your utilities, to avoid being charged for them once you have moved out. Happy moving in a hurry!
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Green City Movers FAQ

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How do I book a move with Green City Movers? 

There are several ways to plan and book with Green City Movers:

  • To begin, you can fill out our free online estimate form and get an insight to what your move might cost.
  • Reach our customer care center directly by calling 1(718)-576-3736, to speak with one of our representative.
  • Speak to one of our representatives about scheduling  in-home estimate.

If you decide to move with Green City Movers, a move coordinator will be assigned to you and assist you throughout your relocation process.

Is your company licensed and insured?

  • Green City Movers is a fully licensed company under the Department of Transportation (DOT#39058). We are bonded and insured with general liability, cargo, auto and workers compensation.
  • If your building requires we add them onto our insurance policy, known as “Additional Insured”, please let your moving coordinator know at least a week ahead of the move date. Most buildings do not require this.

What is your pricing structure and what can I expect to pay?

  • The cost of a move is based on many factors: weight, distance, length of time and the manpower involved. To get started, fill out our free estimate form online and one of our representatives will follow up with you within an hour or less.
  • A non-binding estimate is an approximation of the cost for your move, based on the estimated weight of the shipment and accessorial services requested.
  • A binding estimate is an exact cost for moving services and your final charges will not increase. You will discuss with your move coordinator the best options that suit your needs.

Do you offer packing services?

  • Hiring full-service movers saves you time, stress, and possibly wasted effort. Our moving services are entrusted to highly trained professionals who can efficiently pack, load, unload and unpack your belongings.
  • Heavy appliances, large furniture and fragile items are difficult to pack and load securely without incurring damage. In the end, hiring movers to pack your belongings may be the more cost-effective solution.
  • You may inquire about this option through our estimate form or by speaking to one of our representatives. If you would like to pack yourself, just consult with one of our move coordinators for packing tips and advice.

Do you provide labor-only (no trucks) services?

  • Moving within the same building or already have a truck? No problem, here at Green City Movers, we provide labor-only crew to assist with pod and truck loading and unloading, as well as internal moves. Just select the labor option when filling out your estimate form or inform your move coordinator.

 Do you use temporary day laborers?

  • Never. We only employ full-time, highly experienced and skilled Green City Moving crew members. All of our employees have many years of experience and we consider them the best in the business.

Can you provide storage for my belongings?

  • Sometimes, even a local, small move must include storage. Your Green City Movers representative can help you with many storage options as part of your moving experience.

How and when do I pay for the move?

  • Tariff provisions require that all moving charges to be paid one hour before your shipment is unloaded at the destination. Payments can be made using cash, certified checks or money order. Other payment options such as a credit card or debit card can be arranged your professional moving provider. Discuss these options with your move coordinator.

Do you accept tips?

  • Tip etiquette is a touchy subject under any circumstances and deciding whether to tip your movers is even more fraught with questions. Although they are being paid to provide a service, they could be worthy of extra recognition for a job well done. So, yes, please tip your movers if you are happy with your move.

 

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Environmentally-Friendly Moving?

Green movement initiatives have emerged across nearly all consumer sectors. As a result, more companies appear to be making efforts towards reducing their carbon footprint on the planet. Going green has taken businesses by a storm. The demand for environmentally friendly services and products continues to grow. Resulting in an immense amount of marketing campaigns (“greenwashing”). Perpetuating this practice to help their company increase product sales by appealing to ecologically conscious buyers. An eco-conscious consumer is perpetually concerned with the environment above all else. Including higher costs that come with eco-friendly products and services. Don’t always believe the hype. Just because a potentially reputable source is claiming to be so, doesn’t mean they are. Do your own research to be in the know of what is in fact the absolute truth. The following is a case in point. Many “Green” moving companies integrated plastic containers to replace cardboard boxes in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint on our Planet. Is this environmentally-friendly moving? Some of the claims are:

Environmentally-Friendly Moving?

  • Plastic bins are durable. Can be used up to 400 times.
  • Plastic bins require no additional material to seal. Cardboard boxes that require tape.
  • Plastic bins are easily stack-able on top of each other for space utilization.
  • Plastic bins are cost-effective.
  • Plastic bins are a more environmentally friendly moving choice.

Lets evaluate these statements a little closer.

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  • Plastic bins that can be used up to 400 times, can greatly put consumers at risk of contracting bed bugs, cockroach eggs and germs from previous users, due to failed proper sterilization.
  • Plastic bins require no extra material. But packing difficulty can be expected with the one-size-fits all approach of plastic containers. Which often times deem unpractical for irregular shapes.
  • Plastic bins, because of their identical shape and stack-able lids allow for convenient storage. However, lifting and transporting plastic bins can become heavy. Making it difficult to load them onto the truck quickly and efficiently. Moreover, heavy plastic bins stacked on top of one another makes them vulnerable to break, crack and cave.
  • Plastic bins are cost-effective?! On the contrary plastic bins can become quite expensive. Costing much more than cardboard boxes. The time constraint on renting them is usually two weeks. This doesn’t allow for long-term storage or unpacking at your own convenience. Exceeding that time-frame will result in additional charges. There are moving companies that offer brand new boxes free of cost when using their moving services. Resulting in a more environmentally-friendly moving? Ask Green City Movers  about our packing options.

Plastic is the result of a complex process called polymerization. Plastic does not corrode or biodegrade like its counterpart. Cardboard box has a lifespan of less than four weeks. Plastic takes almost twice as much energy to create than cardboard. If it not recycled it is more than likely it will end up at an incinerator. In the event that plastic bins are recycled, the product is then broken down and remodeled. Greatly reducing it’s unity. Prompting “green” movers to supply plastic bins made from raw materials rather than recycled. Numerous studies have also shown the actual process of recycling to burn more energy and produce more pollution than it saves. Out of all the waste generated in the U.S. in a single year, only 35% is being recovered. Thirty million tons of that waste is plastic. Only two million tons recovered annually. The rest fills our landfills, incinerators and pollutes our oceans. Burning plastic in incinerators releases toxic heavy metals and chemical. Such as cadmium, lead and dioxins. Harming human health and the environment. Incinerators are one of the largest sources of dioxin identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dioxins are a class of 75 most potent synthetic chemicals ever tested. It causes cancer and harms our immune system at even the lowest concentration. Once emitted into the environment, toxins don’t stay local. They travel vast distances via air, which makes them a global contaminant. Even the most technologically advanced incinerators that have air pollution control filters capture some of the pollutants but they do not eliminate them. These pollutants are transferred to other by-products, such as ash and wastewater that are then released into the environment.

Environmentally-friendly moving? Decide for yourself and don’t take our word for it. Always do your own research.

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Moving to New Home

For the most part, moving to new home is undoubtedly an exciting time. Whether you are moving out on your own for the first time or expanding your family and need bigger space. Moving to new home offers new beginnings, a fresh start and a sense of adventure. On the flip side, moving can become quite overwhelming and time consuming, whether you are a first timer or have done this many times before. A swift and stress-free relocation process entails a hefty work list before and after you make the move. Let’s take a look at the few essentials everyone should do before moving to new home.

So you have just closed on your new home and enthralled with anticipation, awaiting to embark on your new adventure. But before signing the dotted line one important step must be accomplished and that is a thorough inspection walk- through of the house. Often times if an inspection raises a few red flags, the current owner is obligated to fix the issues, this must be done before you have signed the settlement papers. This is why, it is recommended to do the walk-through the day of the closing and not long before, to avoid significant condition changes. This avoids unnecessary additional costs and gives you a peace of mind.

As soon as you closed on the house, be sure to change all of the locks, you do not know who else has a spare key and don’t want to take chances. You can purchase quality locks at low costs and follow the instructions to do it yourself. It is a relatively easy DIY process.

If there is carpeting in the house from previous owners and you decide to keep it, have it steam cleaned. It is imperative to remove the dirt and allergens that gets trapped inside the carpeting. Steam cleaning is a better alternative than shampoo treatments, performing a deeper treatment approach. If you decide to have it removed or replaced, it is essential you have this done before the furniture is moved in, to avoid additional rearranging of the furniture. For a more cost effective option, you can rent a steam cleaner for about half the price and do it yourself.

Another no brainer is to thoroughly inspect and clean the entire kitchen, carefully inspecting cupboards, cabinets, sink, refrigerator as these are all dwelling spots for common household pests, identify and remove, if applicable. If there are no visible pests, it doesn’t mean that they are not there. The previous owners might have taken care of part of the problem and that’s killing off the adults, but the eggs may still be in place, as those are sometimes harder to get to because they will typically be in a more darker and concealed areas. And if the previous owners had this problem, you do not want it to become yours. This routine applies to the rest of the house, respectively. Typically this problem is acknowledged during the house inspection, but may potentially get overlooked. Pests or no pests, you’ll want to clean up after the previous owners before placing your belongings in their places.

Last but definitely not the least important is to get acquainted with the main control systems of your house, such as the circuit breaker and the boiler room. Of course you get more privacy and space living in a house versus an apartment, but unlike renting, owning comes with a lot of maintenance work. There will be no landlord to call once something breaks, because you are the landlord! That is why it’s essential you become familiar with your new home on a deeper level. It’s a good idea to figure out which fuses control what parts of the house and label them accordingly. Do not wait until you need to replace a light fixture or the power goes out in a specific part of the house. You will also want to know how to turn off your main water valve if you have a plumbing emergency, a case of bad weather or you may be going out of town. Whether your new home came with a boiler or a furnace, try to regularly perform required maintenance and testing. Most accidents attribute to poor maintenance and corrosion.

When you get settled into your new home, arrange a house warming get together and invite your neighbors. Chances are they lived in the neighborhood for a while and can help you get familiar. Get friendly with the people that you may be living next to for many years to come and make new friends.

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Green Moving or “Greenwashing”?

Going “green”?

Over the last few centuries, pollutants, such as greenhouse gases have made a tremendous negative impact on our environment. The devastating effects and growing awareness have prompted us to become more mindful of the way we lead our day-to-day lives and the carbon footprints we leave behind. Today more people around the world are beginning to take effective steps. For  healthier and more sustainable future. The green movement initiatives have emerged across nearly all consumer sectors. More companies appear to be making efforts towards reducing their carbon footprint on the planet. Going green is slowly dominating businesses. The demand for environmentally friendly services and products continues to grow. Inadvertently resulting in “greenwashing”. Marketing campaigns perpetuate this practice to help their company. Increasing product sales by appealing to ecologically conscious buyers. Moving companies are one of the many who are increasingly adapting to the growing concept. Being more sensitive towards the environment. The vastly expanding industry of eco-friendly movers are offering services to meet the consumer’s desire. Options they see as both convenient and environmentally responsible. Converting their trucks to biodiesel fuel. Using reusable plastic container bins instead of cardboard boxes. Offering biodegradable replacements to conventional moving supplies, such as tape and bubble wrap. These are some of the revised approaches the greener moving companies are taking to service environmentally-conscious consumers. Is it Green Moving or “Greenwashing”? It certainly appears that the “green” moving industry strive to have a more positive impact on the environment and our communities. Perhaps their incentives is for the kind of green with dollar signs on them? Lets unpack the truth! Is it Green Moving or “Greenwashing”?

Green Moving or “Greenwashing”?

Plastic has undoubtedly become an essential compound to modern life. Its versatility has reached the masses and is continuing to grow. Plastic bins first made it onto the scene aiding warehouse and commercial moves. They were invented and designed for optimal warehouse to store distribution or office relocation. Servicing customers with reusable plastic bins has now become a staple at most moving companies that are going “green”. It is perceived to be a new age eco-friendly alternative to using cardboard boxes. Their longer lifespan and durability as compared to that of its counterpart, appeals to most. Expect to be charged a premium for this equipment, which can be dropped off and picked up by the company. The time constraint on renting them is usually two weeks. This doesn’t allow for long-term storage or unpacking at your own convenience. Exceeding that timeframe will result in additional charges. Packing difficulty can be expected with the one-size-fits all approach of plastic containers. Often times deem unpractical for irregular shapes. Consumers should also be weary of failed proper sterilization. It can greatly put them at risk. Contracting bed bugs, cockroach eggs and germs from previous users. If you are like the rest of the people on the planet, you will have tables, couches, and other furniture. It will need to be properly wrapped in the moving blankets to avoid damage. Moving blankets will then need to be secured in place via plastic tape. Most companies do not even use biodegradable tape. It is almost ten times the price of a regular one. Be that as it may, an eco-conscious consumer is perpetually concerned with the environment above all else. Undoubtedly, plastic is responsible for more than a booming industry. It is also at the heart of an environmental crisis.

Plastic is the result of a complex process called polymerization. Plastic molecules are made up of atom chains of carbon and hydrogen. Repeating units that don’t break down easily over time. Therefore, plastic does not corrode or biodegrade. Its counterpart, cardboard box, has a lifespan of less than four weeks. Plastic takes almost twice as much energy to create than cardboard. If it is not recycled it is more than likely it will end up at an incinerator. In the event that plastic bins are recycled, the product is then broken down and remodeled. Greatly reducing it’s unity. Most importantly, prompting “green” movers to supply plastic bins made from raw materials rather than recycled. Numerous studies have also shown the actual process of recycling to burn more energy and produce more pollution than it saves. However, out of all the waste generated in the U.S. in a single year, only 35% is being recovered. Thirty million tons of that waste is plastic. Only two million tons recovered annually. The rest fills our landfills, incinerators and pollutes our oceans. Killing more than 100,000 marine wildlife annually. Burning plastic in incinerators releases toxic heavy metals and chemicals. Like cadmium, lead and dioxins harming human health and the environment. Incinerators are one of the largest sources of dioxin identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dioxins are a class of 75 most potent synthetic chemicals ever tested. Causing cancer and harming our immune system at even the lowest concentration. Once emitted into the environment, toxins don’t stay local. They can travel vast distances via air, which makes them a global contaminant. Even the most technologically advanced incinerators that have air pollution control filters capture some of the pollutants but they do not eliminate them. These pollutants are transferred to other by- products. Such as ash and wastewater that are then released into the environment.

In the moving business, being eco-friendly means running their vehicles on biodiesel fuel or at least portraying to do so. Biodiesel is tested to be a cleaner burning, alternative fuel made from organic sources. But it doesn’t always come out as the most sustainable option. Several studies have shown that biofuels may be cleaner to burn. However, there are srong indications that the process to produce the fuel, results in immense carbon emission. It takes anywhere from 27 to 118 percent more energy to produce a gallon of biodiesel than the energy it contains. Biofuels such as biodiesel from soybeans can create up to four times more climate-warming emissions than standard diesel or petrol. Other potential risks include, land and water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, and nitrogen pollution through the use of excess fertilizer. Nothing is without penalty and biofuels certainly have its drawbacks. Green Moving or “Greenwashing”?

Lastly, to avoid further greenwashing (green moving or “greenwashing”?), look for companies that are certified. These are certification systems that strive to standardize the principles of social and environmental responsibility. Such organizations include, Green Business Bureau, B Corporation and Green America Certified Business. In addition, there are an immense number of non-profit organizations that have come together for the sole purpose of helping the environment. Insure the company of your choice is an avid member.

Green Moving or “Greenwashing”? Decide for yourself.